Many different nonprescription products are available to relieve pain, and Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is one of the most common. Designed for use in adults and children age 12 and older, this drug comes in a wide variety of forms, including long-acting. Based on the Tylenol product being used, it is taken anywhere from every four to eight hours, as needed.
It is not entirely clear how Tylenol works for pain, but it is believed to block or otherwise prevent certain chemicals, called prostaglandins, from arising in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
Most people have no problems when taking this medication for pain; however, Tylenol can cause side effects, and some people are more prone to these adverse reactions than others. During treatment with this product, it is important to keep track of how much you take to avoid acetaminophen poisoning.
(Click Tylenol for information on using this common pain medication. This article describes possible side effects, what to tell your healthcare provider before taking it, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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